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The Instrument Rating (IR)

The Instrument Rating Is, to a large extent integrated into all phases of the flight training, although phases four and five contain the bulk of the training for this rating. The Instrument rated pilot will have the skills and qualifications to fly solely by use of the flight instruments, without having to look outside. In some respects learning these skills can be the most rewarding but challenging aspects of the whole training process. This is why the average student will fly at least 50 hours of actual or simulated instrument flying (IF) during their training.

Our CAA approved flight simulator plays a vital role in the preparation for the Instrument Rating flight test. The candidate will fly up to 20 hours on the simulator before stepping into the aircraft. This preparation is critical, learning complex procedures and mastering the instrument scan is made considerably easier when the instructor can hit the pause button and review the training. This is of course a luxury you won’t have in the aircraft.

The instrument rating course contains more than 40 separate lessons preparing the candidate thoroughly and in great detail for the real world of instrument flying. The student will be well prepared receiving extensive briefing before and after each flight lesson. We feel that our ground school training programme is amongst the most comprehensive on offer. The trainee will receive briefing on law, procedural, technical and human performance issues.

The instrument flight training begins in Phase one, the PPL, where the student is introduced to the art of instrument flight. A typical student will then receive an additional five to six hours of instrument flight instruction during Phase two, the Night Rating. It is in this Phase that we start to make use of the simulator with lessons on radio navigation aids such as the NDB and VOR.

In Phase Four it is back to the simulator for 15 to 18 hours of procedural training. The trainee will learn how to fly holds, sector entries, precision and non precision approaches, and a host of other instrument flight procedures. Only when the student is both competent and confident do we take to the sky and undertake the final preparation for the flight test in a single or multi engine aircraft.

The whole course follows’ our detailed syllabus, using training manuals that leave no stone unturned. Our objective is to give the student realistic and comprehensive training in preparation for their first day at work.